September 1, 2014

Immersive course in the American way of life

Before arriving there as part of the big push, Brad Katsuyama had never laid eyes on Wall Street or New York City. It was his first immersive course in the American way of life, and he was instantly struck by how different it was from the Canadian version. "Everything was to excess," he says. "I met more offensive people in a year than I had in my entire life. People lived beyond their means, and the way they did it was by going into debt. That's what shocked me the most. Debt was a foreign concept in Canada. Debt was evil."

August 12, 2014

Skill matrix

One man's embedded, undefinable artisanal skill is another man's obscurantist bullshit,
and still another's unexamined privilege.

August 9, 2014

One foot in the grave, two at sea

Most land-based jobs are safe, but when a seaman boards a ship,
one foot is already in the grave.